Louisiana Considers Ditching Its Income Tax

Bobby Jindal calls proposed move revenue-neutral

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2013 5:49 AM CST

(Newser) – Bobby Jindal wants to do away with income and corporate taxes in his state—and raise Louisiana's 4% sales tax to make up the difference, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "It's time to change that so people can keep more of their own money and foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create good-paying jobs," the governor said yesterday in a statement. The move, which he described as a revenue-neutral one, would aim to keep the sales tax "as low and flat as possible."

"Eliminating personal income taxes will put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families and will change a complex tax code into a more simple system that will make Louisiana more attractive to companies who want to invest here and create jobs," the governor said. One local report asserts that the sales tax would need to climb to 7% under the measure.

In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fundraising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark.
In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fundraising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
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